Over many years, Joan and R. Bruce Mickey have cultivated a relationship of care and respect with Michael Weinblatt, MD, of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As a measure of their gratitude for Dr. Weinblatt’s treatment of Joan Mickey, the Cincinnati-based couple honored this esteemed physician by establishing the Joan and R. Bruce Mickey Distinguished Chair in Rheumatology, of which Dr. Weinblatt has been named the inaugural incumbent.
The Mickey Distinguished Chair in Rheumatology is an endowed chair in the division, which is one of the top rheumatology programs in the country and is known worldwide for excellence in clinical care, clinical investigation, and basic research. Reflecting the couple’s robust support of Dr. Weinblatt and his vital body of work, the endowed chair is a credit to the rheumatologist’s more than 25 years of work toward discovering new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. Most notably, Dr. Weinblatt has participated in the development of methotrexate, the most widely used drug for treating rheumatoid arthritis, as well as a new class of biological drugs.
Through the Mickeys’ vision, Dr. Weinblatt will have the opportunity to enhance teaching and mentoring opportunities, recruit and retain future leadership in rheumatology, and contribute to an overall increase in our understanding and management of rheumatologic disease.